A Quiz: Baby Teeth

quizblueWe often find that patients come to us with varying beliefs about baby teeth. The bad news is that failing to provide consistent preventive care to baby teeth can result in some unwanted and serious consequences. The great news is that by making sure you’re familiar with this primary set of teeth and associated care requirements, you can keep your child’s oral health in excellent condition. Curious if you’re already fully informed or need more facts? Quiz yourself to find out!

Baby Teeth Quiz: True or False?

  1. True or False: Taking care of baby teeth is not important. We suggest that you bring your child in to see us once his or her first permanent tooth erupts.
  2. True or False: Losing a baby tooth early due to problems like tooth decay is not a big deal – the permanent tooth below will eventually erupt to fill the space.
  3. True or False: Baby teeth play a very significant role in your child’s speech development.

Your Answer Key

  1. False. Caring for baby teeth is just as important as caring for permanent teeth – you should bring your child in for a preventive care visit as soon as the first tooth arrives or by your son or daughter’s first birthday.
  2. False. This can result in significant problems. Remaining baby teeth may shift into the opening, which will prevent the tooth below from growing in successfully. Consistent preventive care is essential in maintaining a healthy smile.
  3. True. As your child learns to speak, he or she will rely on the presence of baby teeth for proper pronunciation of different sounds and words.